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This report lists locomotives that are available or in the works. This page may also contain detailing parts and other items applicable to locomotives. Click photos to visit the web sites.

April 06, 2021

Brass GP30 by Greenbrier Models

Geoffrey Graeber, of Greenbrier Models, has an announcement in the latest S Scale Resource magazine that he is starting to make available professionally-painted brass GP30 locomotives. The Union Pacific version is planned for this summer, and the Southern Pacific and Cotton Belt ones in the fall. The UP can consist of both the A- and B-unit, or can be had individually. The engines will come with standard DC power and directional headlights. If DCC is desired, the model can be ordered with that pre-installed for you. Decals are also planned to be available separately. A web site is in the works. Click to send an e-mail.

March 30, 2021

Added MTH NW2, SW8 Listing to Product Gallery

With MTH having completed their delivery schedule of the NW2 and SW8 locomotives, the Product Gallery section of this web site has been updated with the actual models that they produced as part of their 2019 catalog.

February 28, 2021

Added MTH F7 Locomotives to Product Gallery

With MTH releasing the 2019-catalog run of F7 A- and B-units, their products have been added to this web site's Product Gallery. Also updated the descriptions of their F3 units to format the text in the same manner and to add some missing data.

February 24, 2021

F7 Locomotives Released by MTH Electric Trains

These, and other road names, have arrived and should now be available from your favorite retailer.

February 10, 2021

Steam Locomotive Junction Boxes by Lanes Trains

February 03, 2021

35-ton Switcher by Adirondack Car & Foundry

The company is going to produce an etched-brass model of the Thousand Island Railway #500 industrial switcher. It is scheduled to be available the summer of 2021, and cost around $499 USD, which includes DCC and sound factory-installed. You can place your reservation for this model on the web site right now (click on either photo), for about half down. This company is also making this engine in O- and HO-scale.

The Thousand Islands Railway #500 was a one-of-a-kind home-built diesel rebuilt by Canadian National-owned Oshawa Railway from an electric locomotive. Trucks and traction motors from Oshawa #42 were utilized along with its twin 125hp Waukesha gas engines. Other parts were provided by Whitcomb, who assigned it their builders number 50006 12/30. This tiny 35-ton unit operated briefly on the Oshawa Railway before becoming Thousand Islands #500 in March 1931 where it operated on the tiny CN-owned railway. In 1947 it was re-motored with twin 142hp Cummins diesels. It was retired in April 1963 and finally put on display in April 1966 in Gananoque, Ontario where it ran most of its life.

Adirondack Car & Foundry is an industrial design and creation firm that specializes in model railroading. Laser cutting, 3D printing, and kit design are just a few of their services. They work in all scales, up to full size.

December 22, 2020

W&OD 70 Series Interurban by First Person Scale Models

This is a 3D-print file (only) for a Washington and Old Dominion 70-series interurban (prototype photo on this web site). The car was custom-designed by the designer (a young man attending college in the D.C. area) for an S-scale modeler. Rather than getting into the business of printing and shipping these models, the designer has made the design files available for sale. If you have a printer or access to one, you can choose the level of detail you want based on the printer used, using these files. The files will generate the model shown in the CAD drawing, so you will need to provide the chassis and the running gear to complete the model. The W&OD operated in Northern Virginia from 1912 through 1968. The line was created out of the merger of other lines that started as early as 1855.


December 03, 2020

4-6-2 Pacific Engines Still Available by River Raisin Models

Back in October River Raisin Models received all their 4-6-2 locomotives. There are still a couple of them available. If you missed out on the initial offering, contact the company to find out which ones they still have available.

December 03, 2020

Brass Parts Listing by River Raisin Models

The company has updated their available parts listing.

October 24, 2020

4-6-2 Pacific Engines by River Raisin Models

Updated: River Raisin announces that each of the models are being inspected and shipped to those who ordered theirs. They have imported a limited run of these 4-6-2 models. The Southern Pacific models will feature the standard boiler locomotives and two streamlined versions. These are:
- #2479 standard boiler
- #2482 Skyline casing
- #2484 streamlined with Daylight colors (shown)
- #2484 streamlined in black
- #2487 standard boiler
The models are in standard DC, but Loksound V5 sound decoders can be factory-installed as an additional option. The sound files have been prepared just for these locomotives. There are still a few of the models available for reservation. Contact River Raisin for the available models. Photos are of the sample model that River Raisin reviewed.

October 24, 2020

4-6-2 Pacific Engines by River Raisin Models

Updated: River Raisin announces that each of the models are being inspected and shipped to those who ordered theirs. They have imported a limited run of these 4-6-2 models. The C&O F-19 models will feature all five of the original locomotives: #490, #491, #492, #493, #494. The models are in standard DC, but Loksound V5 sound decoders can be factory-installed as an additional option. The sound files have been prepared just for these locomotives. There are still a few of the models available for reservation. Contact River Raisin for the available models. Photos are of the sample model that River Raisin reviewed.

October 24, 2020

4-6-2 Pacific Engines by River Raisin Models

Updated: River Raisin announces that each of the models are being inspected and shipped to those who ordered theirs. They have imported a limited run of these 4-6-2 models. The C&O F-17 models that will be imported are the ones with these three road numbers: #470, #472, #474. The models are in standard DC, but Loksound V5 sound decoders can be factory-installed as an additional option. The sound files have been prepared just for these locomotives. There are still a few of the models available for reservation. Contact River Raisin for the available models. Photos are of the sample model that River Raisin reviewed.

October 14, 2020

Detailing Parts by Lines West Products

The company has locomotive detailing parts available. These include the MILW all-weather window, the Farr air-intake, and the Horst air-intake.

October 14, 2020

GE 44- & 70-tonners by Smoky Mountain Model Works

Jim King, owner of Smoky Mountain Model Works, announced that he is retiring the GE 44-ton and 70-ton kits that he produced a number of years ago. The 44-tonners came out in late-2009 and the 70-tonners in late-2008. Both have been popular over the years, but Jim says it is time to retire those kits. If you are interested in purchasing these kits, visit his web site to view the kits' options and prices. Based on your response, he may make new underframe molds from existing patterns to match the remaining bodies, fill the orders, then close them out. These are body kits only (complete except for trucks, but does include sideframes). To complete the construction of the models, the modeler may want to consider the Stanton Drive manufactured by NorthWest ShortLine (NWSL), which makes S-scale versions of that drive.

September 08, 2020

DL-109 Winterization Hatches by NE Model Works

These are winterization hatches for the New Haven DL-109. American Hi-Rail and NE Prototypes have produced these shells in S-scale. This entry is for one pair of hatches.

July 01, 2020

FM H10-44 Re-run (updated) by Smoky Mountain Model Works

Smoky Mountain Model Works is planning to do a re-run of this engine's kit. The photo shows Bob Hogan's model from the first run of the kit. At this point in time the company is accepting a no-money-down reservation. Jim previously stated that the model comes with Stanton drives, but NorthWest ShortLine have over a two-month backlog on orders, so he is proceeding with this kit as the "unpowered" version. This version will accept the Stanton drives, so when they become available again, you should be able to install them. The unpowered kit is listed at $235 plus shipping. The kit will include the SMMW AAR-A sideframes. Contact the company with your reservations.


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